Monday, January 9, 2012

Calling Unpublished Writers

I'm looking to interview an unpublished writer who has been writing for years (preferably five or more), but if I can't find this person anyone who has been writing for years can help.  Actually, if I can't find anyone who's been writing for 5 years and still isn't published that would be kind of encouraging.

I'm interested in finding out how you stay motivated, what you've learned over the years, and if you've considered or plan to self publish. I think it would be good for other unpublished writers especially me to see. Most of the interviews out there are of people who have been published. It's nice to hear how they got there, and it's a great way to promote a book, but for those of us in the trenches every day I need a real story. While being published doesn't make you a better writer, it has to do something for motivation. Not only are you being paid to write, you're being acknowledged which I think often times is more important. Having someone just say, I like you're work enough to put it out there is invaluable.

If you are willing to help with this please let me know.


  1. Well, I started my first novel a week before I turned 15. I'm 20 now. I actually queried it at one point. I'm already onto my third novel and halfway done. I also know another writer--who's been doing it for ages. (I feel like she's so close to publishing--her stuff is good!) Her name's Nazarea Andrews. She's 23 or 24 and has 3 kids, yet somehow finds the time to write (idk how she does it). Oh and toss a puppy or two plus a few kittens into the mix. ( I think).

  2. I've been writing for 5 years now...I'm kind of published. I have one children's story in a magazine and two nf articles in a regional writer's newsletter.

    I think one of the reasons I'm not more published is because I get a bit freaked out about query letters. I feel like I have to research the recipient like crazy and after I do a couple of them I quit. I'm promising myself I will do better at writing query letters this year.